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Mazda MAZDA3, Hatchback, Sedan
#627 of 743 Re: teddyv [david82]
Jun 29, 2006 (7:16 pm)
What year is your car? M.Y. 2004? You can check if your car's VIN is within the range under the TSB: Brake Rotor Grooved at this website:
If your car is under that TSB, why not try to claim it with Mazda Canada.
But be prepared to be persistent and fight to the highest level. You can see from my past postings. I sent out letters & faxes to their President and CEO in the States. After the customer representative and supervisor both rejected my claim, their manager finally gave it a pass.
I think if your condition is under the TSB, you will win if you have to go to CAMVAP for arbitration. Check out their website:
#628 of 743 Re: teddyv [yu203964]
Jun 29, 2006 (10:11 pm)
Thanks a lot for this information. I have a Mazda 3 2004 and in fact i just checked my car's VIN; it is 41183225 that means it is within the range under that TSB. I'm currently in touch with one of their supervisors. I will send out letters and faxes to their presidents/CEO.
I will keep you posted.
#629 of 743 excessive Parking Brake usage = excessive rear brake pad wear
Jul 01, 2006 (10:26 pm)
Yes, the Mazda 3 comes with rear disks on the rear as opposed to drums as on most other run of the mill econo boxes. What seems to be unusual in its design is that unlike most other econo-cars, one must go easy on the parking brake use. While most rear drum brake pads ease up on the drum after the parking brake handle is released, it seems that on the Mazda 3, the disk brakes tend to hold their bite on the disks and this leads to premature pad and disk wear. Of course never using the parking brake handle will lead to another problem - too much slack in the braking system (the brake pedal will have too much travel). The best solution I found for people who have an automatic transmission like me is to simply pull the parking brake lever once every time you fill up for gas. At other times, leave the lever alone and your rear brakes will last a LOT longer. I guess one can also use the tiptronic transmission feature instead of the brakes in order to slow the car down, but I wonder about the harmfull effects on the transmission that this would have and I really wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
Thanks and have a good day.
#630 of 743 Re: excessive Parking Brake usage = excessive rear brake pad wear [wrussel]
Jul 04, 2006 (3:20 pm)
What seems to be unusual in its design is that unlike most other econo-cars, one must go easy on the parking brake use.
Interesting. This is the first time I have heard of this. Do you base this on experience or something else (e.g. information from the dealer)?
#631 of 743 2007 Mazda 3 specs
Jul 09, 2006 (10:01 pm)
Hi all, did some searching and found this link:
There's quite a few enhancements to the 2007 model. If I read it right, the changes are:
- Minor facelift (new front bumper) as well as std/opt equipment changes (trim levels remain the same):
- ABS std on all trims
- side airbags std on all trims
- curtain airbags std on all trims
- LED tails (GTs)
- aux audio input jack
- a 2nd 12V power outlet
- heated cloth seats (std on GTs)
- rear armrest w/cupholders
- AC, cruise and Power pkg std on GS sedan
- GFX pkg std on GT sedan
- several new exterior colours
- opt xenons
- opt auto climate control
#632 of 743 2007 Mazda 3 specs
Jul 09, 2006 (10:51 pm)
Good find. However, the article is US based and may not necessarily apply to us in Canada.
BTW, where did you see the info on auto climate control? The AC, cruise and Power pkg on GS sedan has always been standard, at least in my 2005 GS sedan.
#633 of 743 Re: 2007 Mazda 3 specs [ex_tdier]
Jul 10, 2006 (1:02 pm)
I found most of the info on that Ford media site. The info about xenons and auto-climate I found on another Mazda 3 forum. So yeah that info is certainly not as official as the Ford site. Maybe I'll drop by the dealer and see if they'd be willing to confirm anything.
Here's hoping Mazda Canada doesn't strip out features that will be available on the US models! I'd love to have the aux input jack on the stereo, and the side/curtain airbags would be nice too.
#634 of 743 Re: teddyv [yu203964]
Jul 11, 2006 (6:19 pm)
This is very interesting.My 2002 Protege5 has had two abs sensors replaced (one under warranty,one my cost).The rear rotors were machined and brake pads replaced to correct a brake squeel, calipers cleaned and slides lubed (my cost),front rotors replaced,new pads, calipers serviced,(my cost) and now the rears need servicing.
Mazda Canada today refused any help. They cited the fact that I had the rotors replaced at another shop. It didn't matter that the brakes were a safety issue and needed attention asap.
The real kicker here is that I have LESS than 32,000km on the vehicle. The customer service rep was defensive and refused all dialog except to say "we can't help".
Given the history of brake problems I'm thinking I should follow your example and persist further.
#635 of 743 Service for Brakes : teddyv [dherman]
Jul 12, 2006 (10:35 am)
My 2002 Protege5 has had better luck than yours since its riding on its original brakes after 73,000 km. Your annual driving figure seems unusually low; does that mean you drive only seasonally or just infrequently? Having your brakes serviced by a non-Mazda shop may be interpreted by the company as non-expert work that impacts the warranty. That's one reason why I had all essential work during the warranty period done at the same dealer; they have all the work on file. In addition, the fact that you are now out of the 3 year warranty period may make it difficult to get restitution. But, we wish you the best.
#636 of 743 My claim to Mazda
Jul 12, 2006 (2:09 pm)
I just want to give you an update on my claim. They finally agreed to refund me for the grooved rotors. I didn't have to write a letter to Mazda Canada. I simply contacted them by phone and they in turn contacted the Service Mgr at the dealership.